Catching Up With Adrian Hamilton

Adrian Hamilton was a dominant force at defensive end for the Carter High School Cowboys of Dallas, Texas, a year ago. So it only made sense to the Carter coaching staff to move him to middle linebacker where he would be able to make plays all over the field in this his senior season.

Although Carter defeated Arlington Sam Houston 28-25 in the season opener, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hamilton struggled. The next week, Carter head coach Allen Wilson had Hamilton moved back to defensive end, and the Cowboy opponents have been paying for it since. Carter is 4-0 entering Friday night's game against Bryan Adams.

"He's like the motor of our defense," Wilson said of Hamilton, who committed to Oklahoma State in May. "He's the kid that gets them going. He does a great job at defensive end. He just completely shuts down one side of the field."

In his first game back at defensive end, against rival Kimball High School, Hamilton looked like the second coming of All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan of the NFL's New York Giants. He accounted for more than half of Carter's points in a 15-0 shutout of Kimball. Hamilton returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and his quarterback sack midway through the fourth quarter led to a safety. He finsihed with five tackles for losses, including two quarterback sacks, in leading the Cowboy defense which held Kimball to 24 total yards.

"We felt like we could move him off the line and it would give him room to make plays all over the field," Wilson said of the move to linebacker. "We just didn't have enough time to teach him all the things we needed to. It wasn't his fault. He wasn't playing as well as we'd hoped he would so we moved him back to defensive end."

Hamilton's statistics speak for themselves: 32 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 6 quarterback sacks, 3 fumbles recovered, 4 fumbles forced, 2 touchdowns on fumble returns and a safety.

"I think I'm doing a good job," Hamilton said in the understatement of the season.

Hamilton has been a three-year starter at Carter. He started at safety as a sophomore before moving to defensive end a year ago.

"I think my strengths are just hustling and getting to the ball," he said, "and making big plays."

Wilson believes that Hamilton could have an immediate impact for the Cowboys, whose top four linebackers this season are all seniors.

"He's the type of kid that can go in and play right away as a freshman," he said. "He can play linebacker. If he comes in as a freshman and they put him there, that's where he starts and begins playing, he'll be able to play linebacker without any trouble."

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